Navigating Child Custody During the Festive Season

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for divorced or separated parents, it can instead become a logistical nightmare, especially when it comes to child custody arrangements. In New Mexico, the courts prioritize the best interests of the child when determining custody outcomes. Although consideration will have been given to […]

What happens when a testator outlives their dependents?

Estate planning is important to ensure that your wishes will be carried out and your estate will be distributed appropriately after you pass away. Most people who write their last will and testament never consider the possibility that the people they nominate to handle their estate or inherit from them could die first, but unfortunately, […]

Inheritance Issues For Adoptees

There are many reasons a child will be given up for adoption, and the hope is always that the child will receive a loving, caring home with a family that adores them. Some children, even with the best possible upbringing by their adoptive family, will always wonder about their birth family, and many will go […]

Debt after death: How an estate is executed when the deceased has outstanding debts

Staggering statistics show that American household debt had reached a record high of $16.9 trillion by the end of 2022. [1] This means that the chance of still being in debt when you die is high. Losing a loved one is always an emotionally challenging experience, but when that person is in debt when they […]

Parental Rights and Responsibilities When a Relationship Ends Before Birth

When a relationship breaks down, it is common to feel sad and angry about the breakup and fearful about what the future holds. This fear can be magnified if you discover you are pregnant. When a relationship ends before the birth of the child, the mother must make some important decisions. Deciding whether or not […]

The Importance of Inventories and Audit Trails

Whether you are cohabitating with someone other than a spouse, lending someone money or considering a divorce, inventories and audit trails are important. They clearly establish the agreements that are made at the outset and can prevent misunderstandings and disputes from arising in the future. In the event that a dispute does become contentious, they […]

Overcoming Discrimination and Bias in Child Custody Cases in New Mexico

In New Mexico, the primary consideration of every child custody case is determining the arrangements that represent the best interests of the child in question. These cases can often become emotionally charged, and unfortunately, these emotions may sometimes influence a judge, predisposing them to unintentional discrimination or bias that can unfairly influence the outcome.  Here […]

Splitting Costs When Unmarried and Cohabiting 

Cohabitation is increasingly common, as friends, family members and unmarried couples choose to live together to save costs or share household responsibilities. When a cohabitation agreement is entered into for mutually compatible reasons, this arrangement can benefit both parties. However, when disagreements arise living together unmarried can create very serious problems down the line. Here […]

Routes to Single Parenthood

Through choice or circumstance, many people in New Mexico and beyond are raising children by themselves. Here is a look at some of the ways in which people typically find themselves single parenting a child and the legal implications of doing so. 1. Single by choice People who either have not found the right partner […]

Could a Trial Separation Resolve Your Relationship Woes?

Divorce is a step many people are uncomfortable with launching into, so some couples who are considering divorce prefer to attempt a trial separation first. If you are one of those people, there are several things you should be aware of before separating. What is a trial separation? A trial separation allows a married couple […]